that here obedient to their laws we lie."
WHERE ARE OUR 300?
We have created 300 special "Oath Keeper" tabs, and 300 special Oath Keeper T - Shirts for this very special day, April 19, 2009, when we will stand on that venerable spot in Lexington Massachusetts. Only those who stand with us on Lexington Green may purchase these tabs and shirts - no exceptions! Below is the proof for the shirts.
Of course, if more than 300 of you show up, we will take orders for more shirts and tabs for you, but only those who stand with us on the Green may order them. Again, no exceptions! We are not in this to make money - we are in this to make Oath Keepers extraordinaire.
We expect the price for the shirts to be between $20.00 and $25.00. And approximately $6.00 for the tabs. Because of the short time-frame and limited run, they are a bit more expensive than we would have preferred, but they are top quality and made to last. All proceeds go to support the Oath Keepers mission. We will also have approximately 100 of the "Guardian of the Republic" patches for sale (that is all the manufacturer could do on short notice), also for $6.00 each, and can take orders for more. We expect the price for future shirts, tabs, and patches to be considerably lower, but they will not be like these - these are special.
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Now gentlemen, you just know that at all future Oath Keepers gatherings, from now until the day you die, there will be some who will proudly wear that special tab denoting them as an "Oath Keeper, Lexington Green, April 19, 2009," .... and then there will be the rest of you. While it may not be fair, you just know that those who wear that tab will be looked upon as being special (and they will never miss an opportunity to remind you of just how special they are, especially after a few beers when they point to their tab and ask you "where were you"). That's just the way it goes. So, make sure that you are among them, and avoid kicking yourself later with woulda, shoulda, coulda.
Get there! Be there! It's on a Sunday. You can do it! If you don't, you will regret it.
The quote on the shirts from President John Adams is from a letter, dated October 11, 1798, in response to an address from Lexington sent to President Adams from the officers of a Massachusetts militia unit that had just renewed their oaths on Lexington Green. That's right. Those good men, in 1798, did precisely what we are about to do and thus our upcoming oath ceremony on Lexington Green this April 19, 2009 has an amazing historic precedence.
In 1798 men who had sworn the same oath we swore understood how special and meaningful it was for them to renew their oaths to defend the Constitution on Lexington Green. They did so during a time of crisis in their day - the quasi war with France. We are now about to do the same - to renew our oaths to defend the Constitution - during a time of crisis for our nation.
And like them, we will be sending a proclamation regarding our oath renewal to government officials.
Here is the full text of the letter from President Adams, from which the quote is drawn:
TO THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BRIGADE OF THE THIRD DIVISION OF THE MILITIA OF MASSACHUSETTS.
11 October, 1798.
I have received from Major-General Hull and Brigadier-General Walker your unanimous address from Lexington, animated with a martial spirit, and expressed with a military dignity becoming your character and the memorable plains on which it was adopted.
While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
An address from the officers commanding two thousand eight hundred men, consisting of such substantial citizens as are able and willing at their own expense completely to arm and clothe themselves in handsome uniforms, does honor to that division of the militia which has done so much honor to its country.
Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken and so solemnly repeated on that venerable spot, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government. (emphasis added).
That final paragraph is what will be on the back of our shirts commemorating our oath ceremony on Lexington Green.This is going to be an historic event, steeped in history, following in the honored footsteps of our forefathers in so many ways, and making a statement fitting for our own day of our duty, honor, and fidelity to our country.